One of the signs that summer is coming to a end for us is when the Rio Grande gets turned off. There is not exact date as it is based on the amount of water Texas is allotted. It's bitter sweet losing our rope swing and tubing trips, but at the same time we can easily cross the low river to reach our favorite running spots. Today was a 4.5 mile out and back up the mountain. We only saw one rattle snake in the middle of the trail.
I'm sure glad we fixed our own washing machine last week. While in Flagstaff I kept thinking, I could have paid someone to fix that machine, bought a new one or I could spend my money at great restaurants in Flagstaff which is much more fun! Our favorite three were: Pizzicletta for moderately priced thin crust sliced pizza, Diablo Burger for a seriously local and organic burger paired with local wine in generous portions, and Tinderbox for pricey creative fine dining that's worth every nickel.
We really enjoyed running in Buffalo Park. There is a sweet groomed 2 mile loop that connects up to a network of 45 miles of trails. We should have done more research in advance to learn their trail network that links up to Buffalo Park.
During a buying trip to Flagstaff, AZ this weekend we did our first section hike of the Arizona Trail (AZT). Flagstaff lived up to it's reputation of being a ultrarunner hub. We constantly saw people running around town and through the parks. Even on a weekday the trailhead parking lot was full.
Our August relatively cool which means we can plant our greens early. The only catch is the sun is still strong enough that it can kill our seedlings. I've gone ahead and erected our hoops and covered them with white cotton bed sheets. It amazes me just how fast the seedlings get going. It's been less than 3 days and I see green coming up all over the covered bed. This first bed will be kale, beet, various lettuces and chard. Those are our green juicing staples.
We recently ran out of Mesiphillic culture that we use to make cheese. When we ordered more I decided to immediately set aside a quart of raw milk to inoculate with the new culture and save in the form of ice cubes for future cheese making.
It is no fun losing a day of plans to appliance repair. Our washing machine has not been draining well. It seems to be a common issue for the drain pump to get gunked up and need some TLC to get going again. Wendy and I took apart the washer and cleaned various hoses. We even opened up the drain pump to make sure it was clear. The washer appears to be draining, but still has issues completing a spin cycle on the first pass.
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File this under weird, but good. Low carb black bean pasta with coconut cream, prosciutto and home made parmesan cheese. Sprinkle on some cilantro to extend the strange combo.
This time of year our dehydrator runs around the clock. I am currently drying out mint, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries and tomatoes. Our aversion to canning and limited freezer space requires us to dry and vacuum our summer foods.
This week we have been enjoying juicing the nuisance succulent known as purslane. It is a excellent source of omega-3's and it can be used in salads or soups as a thickener.
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While running earlier this week I noticed we have a explosion of datura popping up in our area. This is a interesting plant being both a violent hallucinogen and a herbal remedy. Don't mess with it without reading more, but be sure to smell the amazing flowers. Their fragrance is almost narcotic.